by Dinesh Thakur

The Aakash is an Android-based tablet computer produced by British company DataWind. The Aakash tablet had create a boom in the tablet market and the other companies are also reducing their prices for getting a greater market share in the tablet market.

It is manufactured by the India-based company Quad, at a new production centre in Hyderabad,under a trial run of 100,000 units The tablet was officially launched as the Aakash in New Delhi on October 5, 2011. The low-cost Aakash tablet is available at online shopping site. The Specifications of the Aakash are

 

Hardware:

 

- Processor: 366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
- Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
- Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port
- Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
- Display and Resolution: 7? display with 800×480 pixel resolution
- Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
- Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
- Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.

 

Software:

 

- OS: Android 2.2
- Document Rendering
* Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
* PDF viewer, Text editor
- Multimedia and Image Display
* Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
* Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
* Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

 

Initially the Aakash Tablet cost – Rs 2500. That’s Great sound. But when we technically found the specification of Aakash we are disappointed because Aakash may not be able memory to run a few applications and graphics. Where as the Aakash has just 336 MHz processor. So, half of it would always be kept on use for just running the OS.

 

Aakash tablet can only run lighter softwares and apps. It’ll face some difficulties in running videos if running alongside some bigger programs like MS Office or PDF Reader. Multitasking might be troublesome but its okay for students who usually work on lighter softwares. Aakash tablet can’t store heavy files and large number of songs since it has less video storage capacity.

 

Although, the tablet’s memory can be expanded to 32GB but that would require more cash spending since a MicroSD card of 8GB is available for a price of around Rs 800 to 1000, making the cost of gadget exceed Rs 2500, as fixed by the government.

 

Aakash Tablet does not have a powerful battery backup either. A longer lasting battery is important for a hassle free experience on an Aakash with comparatively big screen.

 

Aakash tablet’s screen resolution is very poor as its basic display has no High Definition output. Its screen reflects the light, and at its maximum brightness too, the tablet won’t be able to display the stuff well in the bright conditions.

 

Aakash is heating up too quickly, experts say, as it is over-burdened to sustain speed needed to multitask. The tablet gets heated up within an hour of continuous usage, which has been confirmed through actual users who tried using the Wi-Fi and browsing the web for an hour.

 

Aakash Tablets lack support for a USB dongle, Hardware won’t support upgrades: If at all you are trying to use your skills, and install 3rd party applications, the fact remains that many of the latest applications would need the latest Android OS, at least the gingerbread 2.3 version. But with the 366 MHz processor, upgrade would be difficult too.

 

Aakash Tablet having the Wi-Fi option, poor connectivity is going to be a big impediment for users in rural areas.  Even the major Metropolitan cities in India struggle in providing Wi-Fi networks through the service providers, so one can easily imagine how will the users get the Wi-Fi network in rural areas?